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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

Professor Rob Lang
Campus News | December 10, 2019

The gift recognizes career achievements of UNLV professor Robert E. Lang; public event scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in Greenspun Hall Auditorium.

A woman in a red and black dress stands next to the College of Urban Affairs sign
People | October 23, 2019

Graduate College Alumna of the Year Constance Brooks has served public policy in stints with Clark County, NSHE, and MGM Resorts.

Pete Reyes poses next to a bookshelf.
People | May 28, 2019

A two-time UNLV alum, Pete Reyes is studying for a third degree while working full time and making indie-electronic albums.

Michael and Gloria Flores
People | May 20, 2019

Gloria Flores and her son, Michael, share a stage as they both earn degrees on the same day.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

MinnPost
December 20, 2019

The suburban voters who helped Democrats gain seats in Minnesota two years ago might be holding the line again as the presidential election nears.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 26, 2019

A new UNLV class is placing students in the middle of crime scenes.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
November 26, 2019

New census bureau statistics are giving us an even clearer picture of just how many Californians are packing up and leaving to make their new home in Nevada.

Boulder City Review
October 2, 2019

Long-term economic development in Boulder City now has a road map for the next four years, courtesy of action steps recently approved by City Council.

David Magazine
July 8, 2019

You can blame inflation, high professor salaries, escalating costs for highly-amenitized dorms, and a host of other factors. Regardless, the consensus is clear: a college degree is only getting more expensive to attain in the U.S.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 20, 2019

A mother and her son graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas together on Saturday.

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

December 11, 2019
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West & The Lincy Institute), Jaewon Lim, and Karen Danielsen (both School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently had a piece published in the International Journal of Urban Sciences. Their article "The origin, evolution, and application of the megapolitan area concept," explores the origins and evolution of...
December 10, 2019
Brookings Mountain West is pleased to release a new policy brief from Brookings Fellow in Metropolitan Policy Jenny Schuetz titled "Should Las Vegas Bet on Homeownership? Trends in Housing Affordability and Homeownership." In the piece, Schuetz discuesses how "in many parts of the U.S., rents and housing prices are rising faster than household...
August 16, 2019
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "The Nexus Between Population and Criminal Arrests in Clark County, Nevada, by Jurisdiction 2006-2016" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month...
July 10, 2019
Magdalena Martinez (The Lincy Institute and Public Policy and Leadership) was selected to present her research papers at the 2019 International Conference on Public Policy in Montreal, Canada. Her research explores feminist governance and the politics of state policy solutions. The conference is the leading international conference for public...
June 14, 2019
Kathleen Lauckner (Public Policy and Leadership) welcomed the opportunity to present to the N.E.W. Leadership Program participants during their 2019 summer session, hosted by the Women's Research Institute of Nevada. She discussed her own experiences running for the Nevada Assembly, serving on the Nevada Conservation League C3 board, and how...
June 10, 2019
Magdalena Martinez (The Lincy Institute and Public Policy and Leadership) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In the piece, Martinez responds to recent statements made by the NSHE chancellor concerning UNLV's diversity. The piece was originally published June 7.